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Letter: You can make a difference

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:30 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

“If every household in Illinois dedicated just $10 of their weekly grocery budget towards Illinois Products – $47 million would be re-invested in the Illinois economy. That’s over $2.4 billion annually.”

That's according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, which is challenging residents to devote a small portion of their food budget to Illinois-made products. Take the $10 Illinois Product Pledge at www.agr.state.il.us/marketing/ilprod.  

The Sugar Grove Farmer’s Market invites you to spend that $10 weekly at our market, which is held every Saturday, from 8 a.m. until noon, in the parking lot of the village of Sugar Grove, located at 10 Municipal Drive (Route 30) in Sugar Grove. We are a rain-or-shine market, and we welcome residents from Sugar Grove and our surrounding communities.

Sugar Grove, you especially told us you wanted more vendors, and we had 17 one recent week. We have cheese, eggs, meat, veggies, fruit, native plants, gourmet doggie treats, fresh ground coffee, honey, bread, pastries, cupcakes and so much more!

But the vendors need you to participate if you want them to come back weekly! Show them that Sugar Grove and our surrounding communities want a local farmers market by making it viable.

Our farmers market serves as integral links between urban, suburban and rural communities, affording farmers and their consumers the opportunity to interact. 

The popularity of farmers markets continues to rise as more and more consumers discover the joys of shopping for unique ingredients sold direct from the farm and the pleasure of buying familiar products in their freshest possible state.

Take an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the bountiful production of our nation's farmers who, while providing for our needs, are among the best stewards of our land.

Join our Facebook page at "Sugar Grove Farmer’s Market."

Pat Graceffa

Sugar Grove Farmer's Market volunteer

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